A google a day is a fun and engaging way to take students Google searching skills to the next level. There is a daily new quiz at a-Google-a-Day which students need to use Google to solve. It is easier said than done , students will find out that it isn’t that easy to solve the Read more about An apple a day… A google a day[…]
It is that time of the year again! Google Santa Tracker is back with new adventures. Students can unlock new games and experiences daily up until Dec. 24th Games for the classroom along with lesson plans in arts, geography, coding, creative writing and more. Check them out here.Google Santa Tracker games play and learn. Enjoy! Read more about Google Santa Tracker. Games for the Classroom[…]
Previously in Google Classroom it was only possible to communicate with students. With a recent update, turning on “Guardian Email Summaries” allows parents to receive information about what is happening in class. By adding parent email addresses to the student class list within Classroom, parents can choose the level of communication from the class they Read more about Google Classroom: Guardian Notifications[…]
All printers at SIS have been replaced with newer models for the start of the 2016/17 school year. All new printers will be cloud based, meaning that you will send any documents you would like to print to the cloud instead of sending the documents to a specific printer. You will then be able to Read more about New Printers at SIS[…]
Google Drive allows users to easily share files with collaborators through access control permissions and sharable links. Just select a file and click on the “Get sharable link” icon on the top right-hand side menu. The sharing link will be copied to the clipboard for easy distribution and will provide view access to anyone in Read more about Share files on Google Drive even faster![…]
Last Thursday grade 5 welcomed the developers of the hugely popular Toca Boca series of apps. Working together for the whole afternoon, we covered various topics and broadened our knowledge of what it is like to work in the industry. As a grade level we have been focusing on coding during IT lessons this school year. So, the chance to meet app developers was a fantastic opportunity for the students. What’s more, it was great to see how star struck the students were of people who have jobs that are only going to become more common and more needed. We began the afternoon by offering feedback about the “Toca Town” app, since the app is designed for younger students but is also played often by older students, too. Our feedback was therefore important as it gave the developers greater awareness of the reasons why. It also allowed the students to think critically and offer creative feedback.
Grade 5’s big focus in IT this year has been learning to code. We have used various apps and web based applications such as Scratch and it is clear our students are not only enjoying the experience, they are learning lots, too!
This week we have taken a break from coding in order to experiment with the Toca Boca series of apps ahead of our visit from the app developers tomorrow (December 4th). It is immediately interesting to note how engaged the students are in the creation process with the Toca Boca apps, despite the market user group being younger than the grade 5 students. We have discussed what the engaging features are and we hope to be able to share some feedback with the developers tomorrow. […]
A big feature of grade 5’s technology use in 2014/15 will be an introduction to computer science. This has begun over the last few weeks with the use of the Hopscotch app for coding. After a period of free experimentation, students used code to programme their character to move on screen in various ways. The Hopscotch Read more about Coding in Grade 5 with Hopscotch[…]
Learning how to code is a vital skill for our students. Before experimenting with the Hopscotch app today we watched this inspirational video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0z-C8Ke2FQ